Cubs sign draft's 43rd overall selection

June, 20, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO – The Cubs said the signing of compensation-round draft pick Pierce Johnson is now official, giving the club exactly half of their 42 draft picks under contract.

As the 43rd overall pick, the right-hander Johnson, out of Missouri State, is the highest selection the Cubs have come to terms with. Baseball America reported that Johnson signed for $1.2 million, the full value of his spot in the draft.

The Cubs still have yet to sign first-round pick Albert Almora, a high-school outfielder from Florida, who was the sixth overall selection. All indications are, though, that the Cubs will come to a deal with Almora before the July 13 deadline.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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